Revealed in conceptual form earlier this year at the Wörthersee GTI Meeting, Volkswagen’s Golf GTI Clubsport has made the transition to a production model and thankfully it looks just about the same as the concept. It was created as a way to celebrate the Golf GTI’s 40th birthday and this special version sits on top of the model’s range as it is 35 bhp more powerful than the Golf GTI Performance. This means the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine has been upgraded to a grand total of 265 bhp and there’s also an overboost function which upon activation will bump the motor’s output to more than 290 bhp for around ten seconds.
Volkswagen will be selling the hot hatch with a choice of either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. There are differences in terms of performance depending on gearbox selection as the manual model needs 6 seconds to cover the 0-100 kmph sprint, thus making it 0.1 seconds slower than the DSG-equipped variant. Top speed will be electronically limited to 250 kmph, regardless of gearbox choice.
The sportier body is painted in Onyx White, but VW mentions other colors will be available along with a black roof. As a connection to the original 1976 Golf GTI, this new Clubsport version has a side black trim stripe with the “Clubsport” lettering. Moreover, it can be visually distinguished by the chrome-plated exhaust, glossy black rear diffuser and LED taillights featuring a dark red look.
It will come as standard with bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels but at an additional cost VW is offering an optional larger 19-inch set. On the inside there are racing bucket seats and special stainless steel door sill plates adorned with red “GTI” lettering. It also gets special floor mats with red edging, new trim strips on the doors, center console and dashboard along with a new steering wheel featuring an Alcantara finish, a GTI emblem, red seam and 12 o’clock marking.
Volkswagen will officially introduce the Golf GTI Clubsport at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.